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Features Friday, 8 February, 2002, 10:20 GMT
Fancy a flutter on Team GB?
BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson looks at how bookmakers believe the British team will fair in Salt Lake City.
Coomber is 6-5 on with bookies to win gold
BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson looks at how bookmakers believe the British team will fair in Salt Lake City.

Hammy McMillan is rather miffed that a local Scottish bookmaker rates his chances of winning a curling gold at just 33-1.

The skipper of Great Britain's men's team believes they could walk away with the ultimate Olympic prize in Salt Lake City.

McMillan has five European titles to his name and the current team members won the world championships in 1999 - beating Canada in the final on the Canadians home territory.

McMillan told BBC Sport Online: "My wife phoned me and told me about the odds on offer. I can't believe they are so high and from a local bookmaker too!


People are more interested in the novelty bets like Pedersen

A William Hill spokesman
"A lot of friends are aware of the generous odds and I'm sure they will be putting a bit of money on at that price.

"For the last Games in Nagano we set our sights too high and made mistakes and did not qualify.

"This time we have qualified and we have the talent and the experience to go all the way."

Britain's best medal hope is skeleton star Alex Coomber.

She has just won her third World Cup title and is favourite to win Olympic gold as well.

Bookmakers William Hill are offering 6-5 ON that she will achieve this feat on 20 February.

The price for no gold medals for Britain is evens, while you would get 4-5 on there being a British gold medallist.

Britain has never won more than one gold at a Winter Games but the odds of them doing it in 2002 is rated at 10-1, three golds 66-1 and four a highly unlikely 150-1!

British ski jumper Glynn Pedersen
Will Pedersen finish last?
Glynn Pedersen becomes Team GB's first ski jumper since Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards in 1988, who finished last in both jumps.

The lovable loser's brave but ultimately fruitless attempts captured the hearts of the world.

Pedersen is a more serious ski jumper but the bookies are not rating his chances very highly.

They are offering 5-1 on him finishing in the same position of Eddie - last - while you would get 33-1 on him winning a medal.

A spokeswoman for William Hill told BBC Sport Online: "We haven't had any big bets as yet but interest in the Winter Olympics is just beginning to build.

"People are more interested in the novelty bets like Pedersen rather than putting money on a Coomber gold."

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BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson

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